1969 Year Book
The 1969 Yearbook was unlike anything most had ever seen before, in fact it wasn’t a “book,” but rather a set of booklets housed in custom designed paper box. The booklets measured 9 x 10.5″ and were saddled stitched (center stapled), each had a pastel colored textured 80 lb cover with only “1969” printed in the lower right corner. Each of the four booklets was themed for “Seniors” (Green), “Faculty” (Red), “Scenes” (Blue), and “Founders”/”Grounds” (Purple). The booklet pages were printed black ink on 100 lb text cream white laid finish paper, with a parchment-like fly sheet between cover and pages. Pasted in the bottom of the box is a pullout five panel sheet titled “Acknowledgments” with panels for “Advertisers,” “Patrons” and “Credits.” Under “Credits” creation is noted as Bill Dobbs with Andrea Halasz, Max Ember and Carole Goldstein. Maurice Eldridge was the “Advisor” and Tip Dorsel, Designer as “Consultant.” The famous school pet picture is found in the blue booklet (pg 1) … in the picture you will note Maurice is holding an empty collar … his missing Irish Setter can be seen in the next to last page (pg 15) of the purple booklet.
To my [Curator] knowledge just one other class, 1971, did a yearbook of this creative caliber, although the class of 1970 did attempt to emulate the 1969 design, they got no further than a 54 page booklet that was some random photos (no seniors or faculty) and just 5 words on the inside cover. Oddly enough Bill Dobbs did not go on to be a world renown graphic artist or promoter, but instead became a lawyer. Still it was Bill Dobbs who was the primary organizer of the amazingly successful 1996 reunion at the Windsor campus. And although Bill wasn’t considered to be an artist or creative type, he left his legacy with this incredible masterpiece — the 1969 Yearbook.
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